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Austin Andersen
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Are the binders essential part of the game and needed to enjoy the game?
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Poll created by bbblasterfire


Anyone play this without the binders? Is it doable or will it bog the game down with down time as people go searching for cards?

Edited 11/1/16

I'd like to thank everyone that participated in the poll and provided a response.

From reading the responses I have come to the conclusion that the binders are a necessity and what makes the binders a necessity are the fact that they organize and present the cards in a manner that makes decision making more streamlined and easier. Instead of using binders I will opt to make spec sheets for each hero and have those readily available for players to look at while they access the different decks that they have.
 
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Not needed to play and enjoy, but they certainly make it friendlier and easier to play as intended.
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If you're playing the full game with 3 heroes at a time, I would say it is a key component. I wouldn't want to be seeking through that big of a deck of cards. I guess you could make piles such as tech 1, 2, and 3 or sort by hero type and then put those piles face down. But this would be like playing mage wars without a binder. It's just not ideal. If you're playing with just 1 hero, then it's not a big deal at all. So is it critical? Technically no, but it would make a big difference in my enjoyment of the game, and I wouldn't ever want to play without them.
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I would say they are essential for enjoyment while you're learning the game. Once you have the cards memorized though it is more of a preference on whether to use the Codex or not.
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I would definitely prefer to play with binders although you don't need to necessarily have the full set of them that comes with the deluxe set.
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Very important. Having binders makes teching an exciting joy rather than a chore.

Now, you don't need their binders. Regular card binders will do just fine, although not quite as well. The half-cut sleeves turn the experience up to 11.
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It looks as if the binders are an essential part of the experience whether intended or not. It also looks as if the expansions at this point would have been better suited as standalone expansions like the core set. I am curious how long it will be before we see the binders available on their own and how long it will be before other manufacturers offer sleeve pages with similar construction. Surely if it works for this game, people will want it for other games as well. I know it would have been nice if Mage Wars Arena had such "spell books."
 
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You can use any card binder.

Sure, the official Codex ones are nicely themed, and have a half-cut sleeve for easier removal, but using the official binders is no way necessary.
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They make the game easier to learn by laying everything out in an organized fashion. Once you know your cards, however, binders get in the way imo. I mostly just play with my cards in a deck now.
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Here's another fancier option, this actually might be cheaper than trying to build your own binder, and you can insert a cover for the binder. I wish I saw this earlier, since I spent like $20+ on 6 folders with prongs and BCW 18 pocket side loading pages.

http://www.ultrapro.com/product_info.php?products_id=3214

http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?type=4&cam...

Now I just need to find higher resolution scans of the Codex binder or find something comparable to print out.
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RayLancer wrote:
Here's another fancier option, this actually might be cheaper than trying to build your own binder, and you can insert a cover for the binder. I wish I saw this earlier, since I spent like $20+ on 6 folders with prongs and BCW 18 pocket side loading pages.

http://www.ultrapro.com/product_info.php?products_id=3214

http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?type=4&cam...

Now I just need to find higher resolution scans of the Codex binder or find something comparable to print out.


Thanks. This looks by far the most feasible solution for those of us that didn't get the deluxe edition.
 
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I'm using this, each spec complete on one page:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VBQJM1K/
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ScoobyG wrote:
I'm using this, each spec complete on one page:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VBQJM1K/


Does having each spec complete on one page make it easier or less fiddly while playing? I still don't know much about the game and am curious if I'm going to go the custom folder route, what course I should take.
 
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bbblasterfire wrote:
ScoobyG wrote:
I'm using this, each spec complete on one page:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VBQJM1K/


Does having each spec complete on one page make it easier or less fiddly while playing? I still don't know much about the game and am curious if I'm going to go the custom folder route, what course I should take.


The recommended layout is best for playing (based on playtesting lots of different configs AFAIK). Spec-per-page makes codex-building easier, though.
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jasonwocky wrote:
bbblasterfire wrote:
ScoobyG wrote:
I'm using this, each spec complete on one page:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VBQJM1K/


Does having each spec complete on one page make it easier or less fiddly while playing? I still don't know much about the game and am curious if I'm going to go the custom folder route, what course I should take.


The recommended layout is best for playing (based on playtesting lots of different configs AFAIK). Spec-per-page makes codex-building easier, though.


But the recommended layout was conceived within the constraints of the 3x3 binder. I'm fairly certain if including the 4x3 were possible, that's the route they would have gone.
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bbblasterfire wrote:
ScoobyG wrote:
I'm using this, each spec complete on one page:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VBQJM1K/


Does having each spec complete on one page make it easier or less fiddly while playing? I still don't know much about the game and am curious if I'm going to go the custom folder route, what course I should take.


I haven't tried it yet but I can't imagine that it doesn't. For one I find the cards easier to take in and out. The included binder sleeves "stick" to the sleeves I'm using (mayday standard), and worse, are leaving marks on the sleeves.
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For players who don't yet know every card in their codex, the binders are very helpful.
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